I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

by Mark ChesnuttMark Chesnutt


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What do we make of Mark Chesnutt's foray into crossover territory? The bulk of I Don't Want to Miss a Thing is smooth new country, retaining the elements of neo-traditionalism that characterize the best of Chesnutt's earlier albums. There's a nice mix of material, ranging from the tender "Tonight I'll Let My Memories Take Me Home" to the honky tonk of "That's the Way You Make an Ex," which seems to be an homage to George Strait's "All My Ex's Live in Texas." There's also the witty "My Way Back Home," the tale of a man who returns back to "home sweet mobile home" to find that his woman has left him, literally, homeless, and the vaguely Cajun "Jolie." If I Don't Want to Miss a Thing ended there, this would be another good, but not necessarily great, Mark Chesnutt album. But overshadowing the other nine songs on the album is the title track. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" was penned by Diane Warren, best known for writing hit adult contemporary ballads for the likes of Cher and Celine Dion. The song's first appearance was on the Armageddon movie soundtrack, where it became a major hit for Aerosmith in 1998. While Aerosmith's rendition was over the top, Chesnutt tames the beast, even as the arrangement builds to a dangerously bombastic climax toward the end. On "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," Chesnutt proves he can sing power ballads with the best of them. But that one of the best honky tonk singers of his generation starts tackling this sort of material says a lot about the state of traditional country in Nashville, none of it good.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/09/1999
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0008817003528
catalogNumber: 70035
Rank: 212642

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Chesnutt   Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Wayne Toups   Accordion
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Conductor
Owen Hale   Drums
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Tom Roady   Percussion
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
John Barlow Jarvis   Organ,Piano
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica
Natalie Grant   Background Vocals
Tim Davis   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Robert Charles   Engineer
Greg Droman   Engineer
Nashville String Machine   Contributor
Mark Wright   Producer
Melanie Shelley   grooming
Joe Hayden   Engineer
Tim Coyle   Engineer

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